JUNE 28: Fisher has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Nashville, the team announced. The 27-year-old doesn’t have the requisite service time to reject an outright assignment. He’ll remain in the organization as non-roster depth and attempt to play his way back onto the MLB team before the end of the season.
JUNE 22: The Brewers announced a series of roster moves before tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, the most notable of which is the designation of outfielder Derek Fisher. Outfielder Tyrone Taylor was activated from the 10-day injured list, while right-hander Ryan Weber was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. The club selected the contract of righty Miguel Sánchez, placed starter Brett Anderson on the 10-day IL with a right knee contusion and optioned reliever Hoby Milner to Nashville.
Fisher, a supplemental first-round pick by the Astros back in 2014, emerged as one of the more well-regarded position player prospects in the organization. The left-handed hitter long drew praise for his combination of raw power and speed, but there were always lingering questions about his hit tool. Indeed, Fisher has been undone by a lofty 35.4% strikeout rate to this point in his MLB career, contributing to a .195/.285/.378 line over 466 plate appearances at the highest level.
Given his obvious physical gifts, Fisher could draw interest from another club via small trade or waiver claim. The 27-year-old is out of minor league option years, though, so any acquiring club would have to keep him on their active roster or again expose him to DFA limbo.
Sánchez, also 27, is now in line to make his MLB debut. A pure reliever, he didn’t appear in affiliated ball until he was 22 years old, but he’s performed fairly well over parts of five seasons in the Milwaukee system. Sánchez has a 3.95 ERA across 84 1/3 innings over parts of three seasons at Triple-A, striking out a decent 24.2% of opposing hitters while walking 9.4%.